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The Claimant sought declaratory relief from the Court that she was entitled to a British passport. William Irwin represented the Secretary of State.
The Claimant was a child who sought to renew her British passport. HM Passport Office declined to issue a new passport on the grounds that there were reasons to believe that she was not, in fact, entitled to a passport because of questions about her father’s immigration status.
By the date of the hearing before Eady J, the Secretary of State had agreed to reconsider the challenged decision. The Claimant maintained her claim for declaratory relief that she was entitled to a British passport and that she was a British citizen.
The court dismissed the claim, holding that in the circumstances it was not appropriate to grant declaratory relief.